Telefónica Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
182 Reviews
3.4
182 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Nice culture overall (just not in the team I was working in) and work life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Promote flexible working / allow working from home, where role permits (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Faceless organisation where if you work in the extremities then you don't get a look-in from senior management (in 9 reviews)

  • Lack of appreciation and work life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Challenging, demanding and rewarding company with an exciting vision

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telefónica for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for personal development, great flexible working environment, some of the most talented and driven people in the industry. Challenging environment that does not carry passengers means you will never have a boring day and there is a real "in it together" attitude in delivering the plan. Good flexible benefits.

    Cons

    Can't get away from the fact that pay and bonuses have fallen way behind traditional and new digital competitors.
    Very political organisation, senior leadership not very inclusive in decision making or planning and business seems to have lost its way recently in failing to align targets and objectives with values and strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More empowerment required across the business, there is significant investment in developing our people to be the best, let them make more decisions and deliver for our customers without restricting them with red tape and legacy processes.

  2.  

    lots of collaboration and teamwork

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    GOOD HOURS and innovative digital business

    Cons

    limited opportunities to learn, things slowed by processes and seeking opinions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more open to taking risks and be more data focused. align internal practices to a lean digital decision making process

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company, lots of opportunities to shine

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operational Architect  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Operational Architect in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I worked at Telefónica full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you wants to work for a company that is constantly delivering amazing solutions to stay on top of its game, Telefonica O2 can be the place for you. The opportunities are amazing for the sort of people who have loads of energy and are passionate about what they do. O2 has a great reward and recognition system and one of the best benefits packages around. I worked there for 12 years and enjoyed nearly every moment of it. Work life balance is amazing and the Bath Rd canteen is excellent.

    Cons

    Outsourcing - much of the functions of the business have been outsourced to offsite companies - this has reduced considerably the family atmosphere of working at O2 and reduced trust amongst teams.
    Its a large organisation, and you will find people you dont get on with - just hope its not your management.
    Some processes are achingly slow and beuracratic - a throw back to when O2 was part of the civil service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - you've got a great culture - when you celebrate wow is it amazing - do more of that
    - implement 360 degree reviews - let the people review the manager to weed out the controlling managers who say one thing to senior management and treat their people like nothing.
    - dont outsource your key intellectual property - keep it in-house to keep passionate people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, excellent initiatives not so excellent execution.

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    Current Employee - Store Leader  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Store Leader in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    some really good perks, customer focus is key and people development is really important

    Cons

    staff matrix is very lean, doesn't match the footfall and this leads to many a poor experience for both staff and customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more sincere with your staff by recognizing them for their talents and not letting them get sidelined by 'favourites' who on many a occasion aren't as good or worthy to be promoted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Restructure after restructure

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Leading network (vs competitors), good packages, people focussed, great benefits, flexible working culture (e.g. work from home, hot desks), interesting mobile innovations, in-house training (including Telefonica University courses in Barcelona)

    Cons

    constant restructures (every 6-12 months), confusing strategy, disjointed local brands (i.e. collection of local networks O2, Movistar, Vivo, and not 1 single global company), growing culture of uncertainty, lots of middle managers but the senior management feel very distant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Global organisation with Provincial Mentality

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time

    Pros

    O2 UK: See what you can do. What an amazing brand and great place to work. Fun, exciting, dynamic, innovative. You can reminisce about all these good things because it is all gone and the company is managed from an impersonal meeting room north of Madrid like a Spanish government organisation. Pay is good, the good pension is gone and they have an extreme version of hot-desking implemented in Slough that may rival Nordic traditions of flexible working. You can work from home and expect to travel to Madrid on a regular basis...

    Cons

    The company is managed like a government department; extreme micromanagement and medieval promotion methods. Those in the circle of trust are promoted and congratulated in numerous employee events.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up! we are not in the 1980's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A company frantically searching for new business strategies and markets to enter

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    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very approachable people at almost all levels. Nice environments to work in. Not overly process driven. Opportunities to change departments and career orientation for those who take the initiative.

    Cons

    Now in a very mature market, the company is searching itself and struggles for a coherent strategy. Generally delusional about its ability to crack open new markets in a short time. A major re-org every 6 months (5 CIOs in 3 years). There is a tendency for preparing big strategies and presentations but in reality there is only ever an appetite for "low hanging fruit" and "quick wins" - The company does not have the stomach for real changes. Now operates within severe budget limitations for any project. There is a culture of "urgency" and changing direction. i.e. everything is always urgent, but then tends to take longer because of lack of planning or to be canned altogether because something else has become urgent. Culture of showing dedication by sending emails long after hours and immediate answers are increasingly appreciated or even expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being delusional about start-up projects and initiatives to enter new markets to save the company within a very short time span (although some of those initiatives are definitely worth trying). Instead recognise that there is still immense value for years to come in the core business, but only by having the courage to re-configur this part of the organisation drastically and invest in those changes - cultural changes, systematically simplify and drive cost out (which requires investment!), etc - instead of changing the CIO and the names of the teams on the org chart every 6 months.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Telefonica

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Amazing place and people top work with. Fast paced and a great work ethic.

    Cons

    no downsides to this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Telefonica UK - Good people, flexible working but appalling talent management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People are generally very nice and there is a culture of flexible working.

    Cons

    Career progression is based on coffee talks rather than merit. There is no structured talent management approach and it is very hard to get to senior roles without spending lots of time network and pushing through.

    Very political company, things get decided by committee and too many people like to have a voice at the table just to show their face.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management are somehow detached from reality. They have been here for a long time and have not been able to transform the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    High Highs and Low Lows

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Telefónica full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible working is a real pro to Tef, but in fairness if they didn't have it you wouldn't get a desk and certainly not a parking space at the HQ. The culture is good as are in general the people i have worked with. The overall package is pretty good, but they are not the highest payers.

    Cons

    Seemingly inept senior leadership that have been in post too long do not appear to have a firm grasp on the future of the company. They appear very nepotistic in appointment of senior roles, do not embrace change or innovation and ultimately seem powerless to steer the company in a clear and focussed path. Middle management are un-empowered and generally spineless to the disarray above. Under/Mis-investment and central Tef milking of the cash cow that was O2 is now revealing cracks in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Arguably some more change at the top is needed, in all my career I have never seen such a fixed board. Whilst constant change is bad, likewise is stagnation. New ideas and initiative is needed top down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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